FTSE 100 enjoys strongest January since 1989


The FTSE 100 rose 6.43% or 379.07 points in January, making this the strongest start to a year since 1989.

Investors' rotation back into equities helped add £96bn to the value of blue-chip companies over the month. This is the healthiest month for the FTSE 100 since January 1989, when the index rose by 14.43% (258.7 points). The index climbed above 6,300 during the first month of 2013, taking it to highs last seen in May 2008, although yesterday's trading was more subdued with the FTSE 100 down 0.73% at 6,276.88. Strong performance for UK shares in January was matched by global markets with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 6% over the month, and the Nikkei rising 7.2%. The FTSE 10...

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